The words Fraser Anning reserved for the Muslim community were once directed at Jews who had survived the HolocaustThere is much to find objectionable in Senator Fraser Anning’s first speech to the Australian Senate. The baffling, deplorable invocation of Nazi genocide by referring to immigration as a “problem” requiring a “final solution”, is particularly striking. But we mustn’t allow this conspicuous statement to prevent us from seeing the real animus and the real purpose of the speech. It is a call for a return to a darker time of policy-making on the basis of national origin, skin colour, and religion.Anning fails to comprehend what it is that makes our country great and what it is that is truly worth protecting. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/15/the-origins-of-genocide-lie-in-permissive-bias-and-discrimination

Recent Articles of Interest

From SSRN:Engy Abdelkader, Muslims and Islam in U.S. Public Schools: Cases, Controversies and Curricula, (Education, Citizenship, National Identity and Core Values In Western Societies, Brill Publishers (2019 Forthcoming)).Cary Franklin, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt and What It Means to Protect Women, (Forthcoming, Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories (Foundation Press, 2019)).Gal Amir, 1648 or 1948? No Room for Westphalia in the Middle-East, (9 Journal on European History of Law no. 1, 99-107 (2018)).Kenneth Townsend, A Common Enterprise: Law and the Connection between Civil and Heavenly Realms in the Writings of John Calvin, (Concordia Law Review, Forthcoming).Douglas NeJaime

In Roy v. City of Monroe, (WD LA, Aug. 1 2018), a Louisiana federal district court granted defendant’s motion for reconsideration and dismissed on qualified immunity grounds the damage portion of a claim by a street preacher against a police officer.  At issue was a claim that issuance of a citation and summons to the preacher for disturbing the peace violated his First Amendment rights. The court said in part:Sergeant Booth issued a citation to Roy for disturbing the peace based upon Falcon’s complaint to him, in which she said Roy followed her across the street, called her names, and scared her. Falcon’s complaints were corroborated by Falcon appearing scared and by her direct identification of Roy. Sergeant Booth did not issue a citation to Roy for preaching in a public forum. Viewed from the standpoint of an objectively reasonable police officer, Booth had probable cause, and is entitled to qualified immunity.Plaintiff’s claims for injunctive and declaratory relief and attorneys’ fees were set for trial.

Source: https://religionclause.blogspot.com/2018/08/qualified-immunity-for-issuing-citation.html

The UFC fighter explains how mixed martial arts has contributed to her dealing with the trauma of being sexually assaulted as a teenager and how she is using her celebrity status to help other victims of bullying and abuse‘I’m definitely not a quitter,” Paige VanZant says as the Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter explains why, in January, she refused to give up after she broke her arm in the first round but battled on for 10 minutes before losing a decision to Jessica-Rose Clark in St Louis. Her courage that night, and in other bouts, has its roots in a dark history.VanZant has also spoken of suffering years of bullying and a harrowing gang-rape as a 14-year-old in Oregon. Yet she has been derided by hardcore mixed martial arts fans for being hyped ahead of better fighters because she is attractive and opens up the bloody business of cage fighting to a different audience. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/13/paige-vanzant-ufc-fighter-bullying-abuse

Dana Sabraw offers more positive outlook but says officials still lack contact details for deported relatives of 26 childrenThe federal judge overseeing the reunification of 2,500 children separated from their parents by the Trump administration said on Friday that the government had made “significant strides” in its efforts to find deported parents whose children remain in the US, though it still lacks contact details for the relatives of 26 children.US district judge Dana Sabraw gave a significantly more positive review of the government’s work to bring families back together after last week telling the court he was disappointed by their efforts. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/10/family-separations-judge-dana-sabraw-migrants